Valve released details about this year's The International, which will now take place in Vancouver, Canada at the Rogers Arena on August 20th to 25th. For the past six years, the event has been hosted in Seattle, neighbor to Valve's headquarters in Bellevue. The move coincides with Key Arena's renovation through 2020, forcing Valve to look for other locations. Valve has yet to announced details about format and number of teams, but it's already expected the top 8 teams from the Pro Circuit will receive invites. Tickets will become available this Friday, March 23rd.
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Citing a streak of lackluster performance, OG announced their release of Resolut1on from the team. Resolut1ion was the newest member of OG, joining back in September to replace ana. And while OG said they were optimistic in 2018 after the team's win at MDL Macau, the organization felt that now was the time to change. Coach 7ckingMad will fill the position in the interim. On his release, Resolut1ion wrote “I’m very happy that I was a part of OG. Guys, Tal, Jesse, Gustav, Seb, Johan, Evany, thanks for the priceless experience and knowledge that I got during that time. I’m hoping that this decision will benefit all of us."
The VP and general manager of Complexity, Kyle Bautista, wrote a heartfelt statement on the release of Kyle Freedman from the team. Kyle, most known as "Swindlemelonzz" from his team's 9-12th place finish at 2015, was one of the longest tenured players of Complexity at 4 years, along with his brother, Zfreek.
Bautista cited personality conflicts as the breaking point for the team's roster to continue as is. He chronicled Kyle's accomplishments with the team over the past years--his contributions to the fans and community, his leadership and determination in the team's post-TI5 training, and his deferment of salary to keep the team afloat: "Kyle’s time with our organization has been one of determination and self sacrifice. He put others around him before himself and did what he thought gave the team the best chance to win. I am confident that if he finds the right group of players to surround himself with, Kyle will be a world champion in this game. "
ESL announces their next Major, and the first one to be held in the UK, at Birmingham. It's set to be a 12 team event, with six invites and six regional qualifier winners in North America, South America, China, Europe, CIS, and Southeast Asia. The $1,000,000 prize pool event and one of the final chances for Pro Circuit points leading up to The International will take place on May 23 to 27. .